Unsurprisingly, he continued to maintain the mystery of his candidacy in 2024, and to hammer home his conspiracy theory of a victory stolen by Joe Biden in the last presidential election.
“The election was rigged, stolen, and our country is now systematically destroyed,” the former Republican president said on the platform.
“I was a candidate twice, I won twice,” he told the crowd gathered in an Anchorage stadium. “And now…I might have to do it again.”
He had come to support Sarah Palin, the former governor of the northern American state, one of the very first figures of the populist and anti-elite movement which Donald Trump championed.
– Populist shift –
Sarah Palin, 58, is running for Alaska’s only seat in the US House of Representatives, vacant after the sudden death of Republican Don Young, who held it for 49 years.
She played a key role in the populist turn of the Republican Party over the past decade, intended to wrest the votes of the popular white electorate from the Democrats, the party of current President Joe Biden.
This Christian conservative suddenly found herself in the spotlight when she was chosen by Republican presidential candidate John McCain as his running mate in the 2008 election.
His rise, many observers say, paved the way for Donald Trump’s rise to the White House, which he won eight years later.
Sarah Palin told the public that she had supported him from the start of his campaign in 2016, because the New York billionaire had also supported her before.
– “Hold on” –
“He wrote me a note and said: hold on!” did she say.
All of the 435 members of the American House of Representatives must be renewed during the mid-term elections on 8th November next.
Donald Trump is trying to consolidate his hold on the Republican Party by supporting, in the primaries, the candidates who are favorable to him against those of the more moderate Republican right, with mixed success so far.
Trump also came to support candidate Kelly Tshibaka, who wants to dethrone Lisa Murkowski, one of the rare Republican senators to have voted in favor of the impeachment of Donald Trump in January 2021, following the assault on Capitol Hill.
In his speech, the billionaire pounded Lisa Murkowski, highlighted the healthy economy under his tenure, welcomed recent Supreme Court rulings and blasted the “resounding failure” of Joe Biden’s presidency.